Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the GRC Foundation held meetings with the following persons during a visit to Abu Dhabi:
• Hassan Al-Omari, Head of Studies Unit, Emirates Policy Center
• Mariam Al Mahmoud – Executive Education Director; Noura Al Mazrouie - Professor, Academic Department; Phil Dufty – Director of Research and Analysis; and Stephen Lee Keck – Academic Director of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy
• Richard Burchill, Director of Research and Engagement at TRENDS Research and Advisory.
Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman bin Sager - Chairman of the Gulf Research Center Participated as keynote speaker in the academic symposium hosted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel– Doha. He presented a paper entitled "The reasons for the Saudi-Iranian crisis and future orientations".
Dr. Abdulaziz bin Othman bin Sager - Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, gave a lecture in Joaan bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College, Doha on the theme: "Saudi foreign policy".
Dr. Christian Koch participated in the workshop on “Middle Eastern Geopolitics and the EU’s Global Strategy Review” held by the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. The meeting brought together a number of EU policy officials and experts from throughout Europe to discuss current developments in the Middle East and how these should feature in the new EU Global Strategy Review document to be released later in 2016.
Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation, made an interview with Swiss Radio on the situation in the GCC states and the GCC Summit meeting in Riyadh. The entire interview in German can be found under the following link:
Dr. Oskar Ziemelis, GRC Director of Cooperation and Ms. Kapasi, GRC Administration Manager represented the GRC Foundation at the INCONET-GCC2 project international conference entitled Collaboration for Innovation: Linking GCC and EU, which took place in Muscat, Oman on 6-8 December 2015. The overall goal of the INCONET-GCC2 project, in which the GRC Foundation is a consortium member, is to support the GCC-EU policy dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation, and to strengthen GCC-EU cooperation among research and innovation actors, especially in the context of the Horizon 2020 program. Dr. Ziemelis and Ms. Kapasi also participated in the Project Control Board meeting which took place on 9 December 2015 at The Research Council in Muscat to finalize plans for the final year of the INCONET-GCC2 project.